Yesterday, the exhumation of the remains of 2 victims of the Gukurahundi atrocities was carried out in Tsholotsho. Reburial of the remains is planned. The exhumation has ignited some reactions from Zimbabweans on social media with some worried that the process will make it harder to know the truth about the atrocities.
Here are some reactions we selected:
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A #gukurahundi exhumation with no truth & no justice. What are the facts of the case? Even key local authorities are in the dark. State media still refer to gukurahundi as political disturbances. Now clear the reburials are meant to bury the truth about what happened. Scandalous! pic.twitter.com/poGtsZrMRc
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) April 29, 2019
You must all watch this video!
The shallow graves & mass graves are a crime scene!
Hurried exhumations & reburials without making forensic investigations of the deceased will bury the truth.@InfoMinZW @NPRCZim @MatHumanRights @ZimHRNGOForum @zenzele @ProfJNMoyo pic.twitter.com/zCXqJE0phq
— Team Pachedu 🇿🇼 (@PacheduZW) April 29, 2019
"What can your father still say about what happened to him when he died?"
See why graves are crime scenes that must be handled as such?
There must be:
A clear &well- laid out formal process
legal &traditional experts
— Thandekile Moyo (@Mamoxn) April 29, 2019
The conversation on exhumations must still be had. At that particular exhumation, there were forensic experts, but were there police? Were there any judicial experts? This process must be formal and uniform. Bigger picture is all graves, collectively, are evidence of a genocide. https://t.co/kRmalKHGwb
— Thandekile Moyo (@Mamoxn) April 29, 2019
i think you complicating issues here, what crime and what evidence. Do you even understand the spirit in which this programme operate. Exhumation is the prerogative of families not the state
— wilbur (@wilbur26753125) April 29, 2019
Purpose of exhumation is reburial not post mortem.
— Motsamai Mambosh (@Motsama78611185) April 29, 2019
Gukurahundi Genocide. Don't try to sanitise murderers wena Habakkuk Trust
— Hasu (@hasanih1) April 29, 2019
When @edmnangagwa met the Matabeleland Collective, one of the requests made was for immediate exhumation & reburial of Gukurahundi victims.All the people now making noise against same are just cashvists afraid that the process will debunk the myth that 20 000 people were killed ! pic.twitter.com/F3hlOexgII
— Nicole Hondo 🇿🇼 (@nicolehondo) April 29, 2019
Reburials of the Gukurahundi victims. Question:who will determine who is who in those shallow mass graves?What forensics and who pays? What about the thousands of unborn babies that were ripped with army blades from their mother's pregnant wombs? Who counts and accounts for them? pic.twitter.com/TQAMz5vMsx
— Thabo Siziba #TheWalk (@TorontoThabo) April 29, 2019
It's his personal perspective which l respect. From the info we are getting from the site.
1. Family requested exhumation
2.Experts were on site.
3.This is not the best option, but it brings some relief to victims.
4.Its not perfect but it can be refined. lnvolve UN
— Phillip J Maswanise (@Phidze72) April 29, 2019
Someone should get a court interdict to stop the exhumation @DavidColtart
— ronald makwenje (@ronniemakwenje) April 29, 2019
The whole idea of exhumations when the Gukurahundi issue is an ''ón going investigation' reeks of cover up.
— Joachim Garikai (@Gjoach) April 29, 2019
I am pleased to hear yesterday's exhumation was done by forensic experts.Although not advisable, families have the prerogative to conduct reburials. But an NPRC led process must be done properly via a laid out & consistent process with truth, accountability &closure as outcomes. https://t.co/A9w2wYaDMK
— Siphosami Malunga (@SiphoMalunga) April 29, 2019
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